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Exclude certain Office programs when deploying Office 365 ProPlus

 

Applies to: Office 365 ProPlus

Topic Last Modified: 2014-06-02

Summary: Explains how Office 365 admins can use the Office Deployment Tool to exclude certain programs from an Office 365 ProPlus installation.

Audience: IT Professionals

When users install Office 365 ProPlus from the Office 365 portal, they get all the Office programs installed on their computer. If you don’t want users to run certain programs, such as Access or InfoPath, you have to configure the Office Deployment Tool to do the installation.

Here are the basic steps to exclude programs from an Office 365 ProPlus installation:

  1. Download the Office Deployment Tool from the Microsoft Download Center.

  2. Use the Office Deployment Tool to download Office 365 ProPlus to your local network.

  3. Create a configuration.xml file that lists which Office programs to exclude.

  4. Use the Office Deployment Tool and your configuration.xml file to deploy Office 365 ProPlus to your users’ computers.

To specify which programs that you want to exclude, use the ExcludeApp element in your configuration.xml file.

For example, you can create a configuration.xml file similar to the following to deploy all programs except Access and InfoPath.

<Add SourcePath="\\Server\share" Version="15.1.2.3" OfficeClientEdition="32">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail" >
      <Language ID="en-us" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Access" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="InfoPath" />
    </Product>
</Add>

Then you just have to run the Office Deployment Tool and use that configuration.xml file. For example, users can run the following command from an elevated command prompt on their computers:

\\server01\share\setup.exe /configure \\server01\share\NoAccessInfoPath.xml

where:

  • \\server01\share is the network share (in this example) that contains the Office Deployment Tool and the customized configuration.xml file (in this example, NoAccessInfoPath.xml).

  • Setup.exe is the Office Deployment Tool executable file.

  • /configure is the Office Deployment Tool command that is used to perform an installation.

If you’ve already deployed Office 365 ProPlus to your users, you can go back and remove programs that you don’t want your users to have.

To do this, create a configuration.xml file and use the ExcludeApp element to list the programs to remove. Even though you’re removing programs, the list of programs to remove goes in the Add section of the configuration.xml file, not the Remove section.

For example, if you want to remove Publisher, you can use a configuration.xml file similar to the following:

<Add SourcePath="\\Server\share" Version="15.1.2.3" OfficeClientEdition="32">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail" >
      <Language ID="en-us" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />
    </Product>
</Add>

If you decide later that you also want to remove InfoPath, you can use a configuration.xml file similar to the following:

<Add SourcePath="\\Server\share" Version="15.1.2.3" OfficeClientEdition="32">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail" >
      <Language ID="en-us" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="Publisher" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="InfoPath" />
    </Product>
</Add>

If you don’t include Publisher in this configuration.xml file, InfoPath is removed and Publisher is installed again.

To remove the programs, run the Office Deployment Tool on the user’s computer, using the /configure command and the configuration.xml file.

If you deployed only some Office 365 ProPlus programs to your users, you can add more programs later.

If you didn’t install Access and InfoPath when you first deployed Office 365 ProPlus, you can use a configuration.xml file similar to the following to install Access now.

<Add SourcePath="\\Server\share" Version="15.1.2.3" OfficeClientEdition="32">
    <Product ID="O365ProPlusRetail" >
      <Language ID="en-us" />
      <ExcludeApp ID="InfoPath" />
    </Product>
</Add>

This installs Access, but it doesn’t install InfoPath.

  • There are some minimum requirements to make this work:

    • Office 365 ProPlus   At least version 15.0.4615.1001, which was released in May 2014.

    • Office Deployment Tool   At least version 15.0.4619.1000, which was released in May 2014.

  • If you use Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) to deploy Office 365 ProPlus, you can exclude programs from the App-V package that you create with the Office Deployment Tool.

  • If you run an Online Repair of Office 365 ProPlus from Control Panel in Windows, any excluded programs are installed again on the computer.

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